Last year, the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) – World Championship, held in Katowice, Poland, was attended by 173,000 fans. That’s up from the 113,000 that attended the year before. (It also became the most streamed esports event in history with 46 million unique viewers.) This year’s event drew 169,000 attendees.
In 2016, the video game industry contributed to the direct employment of 65,678 Americans and added $11.7 billion in value to U.S. GDP.
Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and the NBA 2K League team Mavs Gaming, recently participated in a debate whether university esports programs should be housed in the athletics program. After the discussion, Cuban was interviewed by the Dallas Business Journal, where he stated his belief that, besides Silicon Valley, North Texas is […]
Fighters – of the gaming variety – across the county, get ready. Red Bull Esports is rolling out a new tournament that’s coming to cities across the United States. Featuring not just one, but three major fighting titles – Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 – the Red […]
At the start of this decade the idea of school-sponsored esports was limited from intramural clubs on college campuses to nonexistent. But that is rapidly changing. In 2014, Robert Morris University announced it was creating a varsity esports program – a scene that is ballooning to over 50 college and university programs, overseen by a […]
Investors have flooded the esports market in the first quarter of 2018, making it the biggest quarter in the industry’s history. In total, almost $2 billion in disclosed investment funding flowed into esports related companies. That’s according to results published in Esports Observer’s Q1 2018 Esports Business Digest.
Babe Ruth was overweight, smoked cigars in the dugout, and frequently showed up to games hungover on little or no sleep. Mickey Mantle would start everyday with “a big glass filled with a shot or more of brandy, some Kahlua, and cream.” Time has moved on, and how these legends of yesteryear would fair under […]
Esports tournaments keep increasing in grandeur. In October 1972, the first video game competition was held in a classroom at Stanford University. It consisted of 24 students playing a game called “SPACEWAR” for a chance to win a year’s subscription to Rolling Stone magazine.
The NBA 2K League held the first games of its inaugural season on May 1st (with Pistons GT and Cavs Legion GC advancing). If you want to watch this season play out, there’s only one place you can go: Twitch.
Successful pop culture trends only flow one way: small to big. They start as a subculture until they grow enough to become mainstream. In the 1950s, a small group of bohemians gave rise to the beat generation and then the hippie culture, which led to the entire fashion of the 1970s. The 1980s phenomenon of […]